THE SCORCH TRIALS
In this second in the The Maze Runner trilogy, we rejoin the strong and compelling first-person protagonist Thomas. Readers will feel compassion for all the ordeals he has suffered, as he is the driving force that will keep you riveted to this book. Readers will in particular enjoy when Thomas' loyalty to the Gladers is rewarded with a daring rescue, as you'll get to experience firsthand their bond, which is so strong because of all they've dealt with together. This book will keep you reading and wondering what will happen next as Thomas faces betrayals, battles his own demons and tries to survive the tortures prepared for him and his friends.
The Gladers, who have survived the Maze, aka the WORLD IN CATASTROPHY KILLZONE EXPERIMENT DEPARTMENT (WICKED), are given a new quest. They must set out on another mission across the Scorch Trials to find a cure for the Flare, a disease that has infected the earth because of sun flares. There are two groups of subjects: Group A is the Gladers and Group B is the Girls. These groups, who have survived the Maze, must make their way to the safe haven. Tom is betrayed many times by his girlfriend, Teresa, and he must deal with what he knows versus what she tells him is true. On their journey they encounter dark tunnels; treacherous sand, wind and lightning storms — not to mention the deadly Cranks. Is WICKED good? Is WICKED bad? We'll have to wait for the trilogy ender to find out. (Delacorte, Oct., 368 pp., $17.99)
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